March 02, 2018

You have most likely heard of the most common uses of eucalyptus essential oil. Cough drops, cold medicines and ointments often contain eucalyptus. But its importance goes beyond its medicinal value. It is a colorless oil but has a very distinctive odor that is easily recognized. Here are some ideas to help you reap some of the lesser known benefits of this essential oil.

Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain

This oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful to relieving muscle injuries, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Gently massaging eucalyptus oil on your skin can help relieve both stress and pain. Massage the oil into the skin using a circular motion on areas giving you pain. It can help with rheumatism, sprains, and also nerve pain. For a nice, cooling effect, mix it with peppermint oil to alleviate some discomfort or relieve pain. Try this mixture:

  • 8 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 8 to 10 drops of peppermint oil
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons of a carrier oil

Disinfectant Cleaner

Its microbial properties make eucalyptus oil great for stopping the spread of infections both viral and infections. It’s also good for general cleaning. It can be mixed with castile soap to create an all-natural cleaning and disinfecting powerhouse. Any homemade cleaners can benefit from a few drops of this essential oil including laundry detergent, window cleaner, soap, or mop water. It is anti-microbial as well as adding a nice, fresh fragrance.

Diffusing Eucalyptus Oil

There are many reasons to diffuse eucalyptus including boosting concentration or elevating energy levels. Eucalyptus has stimulating effects and can help remove mental sluggishness or exhaustion. It blends well with many other oils like thyme, lavender, frankincense, cedarwood, and marjoram. It is important to be careful how much of this powerful oil is used as it can be dangerous in large quantities. If you want to use it for an alternative medical treatment, discuss it with your medical professional first. They may want to do an allergy test to ensure there is no cause for alarm.

Insecticide Properties

There are a number of insects and bugs that are not fond of the eucalyptus plant. It can often be used as a homemade insect repellent to help ward bugs off during the hotter months. It can be used alone or combined with other oils known to repel bugs like lavender. It can be used as part of a topical spray or as an area treatment.

Wound Care

Since it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, eucalyptus oil can be effective for treating wounds, scrapes, burns, cuts or sores. Many make it into a salve to use as a healing ointment to put on bug stings or bites for relief. It can help prevent infection which can speed healing, but it is also a natural pain reliever.

Odor Remover

Wash items like shoes, or stinky dog beds with a wet rag that is soaked in oil-infused water. Then place the item out in the sunshine to dry out. This can help reduce or prevent odors. You can also mix it with tea tree oil or lemon essential oil to create an anti-stink spray.

 

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